Campus Memo for April 30, 2013

Media & Learning Center Wins Design Award
De Anza’s MLC won a Citation Award for Energy + Sustainability from the San Francisco chapter of the American Institute of Architects at the 2013 AIA San Francisco Design Awards on April 25. The awards are broken down into eight categories: Excellence in Architecture, Excellent in Interior Architecture, Energy + Sustainability, Historic Preservation, Unbuilt Design, Special Achievement, Young Architect and the inaugural 25 Year Award. The MLC is one of the few large buildings in the world that features a passive downdraft, natural-air ventilation HVAC system. The building uses 71 percent less energy than the regional average for higher education buildings, and is predicted to save the campus $60,000 a year. The building is on track for LEED Platinum certification in keeping with De Anza’s commitment to sustainable architecture.

Participate in the Technology Training Survey
Technology training is a frequent subject of discussion at De Anza, particularly given the range of available technology and the college's limited resources. Please complete a brief survey to inform college leadership and the Technology Task Force of your views and needs in the area of technology-related professional development.

The survey will be open through Tuesday, May 14. Technology Training Survey:

Equity Office Events in May

  • May Day: A2K Human Rights Movement with Dr. Crystallee Crain and Student Trustee Vince Mendoza, Wednesday, May 1, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Conference Rooms A&B
  • Community Conversation: Clinical Gaze and Mental Awareness, Wednesday, May 15, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., MCC

You’re Invited to the Spring Fling Reception
Please join your colleagues at a reception to celebrate spring and honor retiring faculty and staff, Employees of the Month and League for Innovation award winners.

  • When: Thursday, May 16, 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Where: Conference Rooms A&B
De Anza College Art: Silicon Valley Open Studios 2013
As part of the 27th annual Silicon Valley Open Studios event, the Creative Arts Division will feature displays of student and faculty artwork and showcase the award-winning Annual Student Art Exhibit in the Euphrat Museum of Art. Disciplines participating in the sale include ceramics, photography, drawing, painting, sculpture and watercolor.
  • When: Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Where: VPAC Foyer and the Euphrat Museum
APALI Youth Leadership Academy 2013
Please encourage your students to attend the spring quarter information session to learn more about the APALI program and listen to alumni testimonies.
  • When: Wednesday, May 22, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Where: MCC Conference Room
Contact Michael Chang at or Christine Chai at

Spring Quarter Exhibit at California History Center
The CHC and the Los Gatos-Saratoga Camera Club are the hosts of “Lens on Silicon Valley,” a special exhibit of original photographs taken by club members that explore places, ideas and themes capturing the essence of Silicon Valley.

  • When: Through June 20
  • Where: California History Center

Contact Tom Izu at or 408.864.8986.

Creative Arts Events for Spring 2013

  • 2013 Student Art Show, Monday, May 6 through Thursday, June 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Euphrat Museum of Art
  • Reception and Award Ceremony for Student Art Show, Wednesday, May 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Euphrat Museum of Art
  • Photography Lecture Series, Wednesday, June 5, 7-9 p.m., A11 (Choral Hall)
  • Patnoe Jazz Festival, Friday June 7, 7:30-10 p.m., VPAC
  • Vocal Recital for Hillary Pinard, Sunday, June 9, 4:30-7 p.m., A11 (Choral Hall)
  • 34th Annual Student Film & Video Show, Friday, June 14, 7:30-10 p.m., VPAC
  • Student Recital with Maria Shao and Nathania Isnanda, Friday, June 14, 6-9 p.m., A11 (Choral Hall)
  • Dance Demonstration, Wednesday, June 19, 7-10 p.m., VPAC
  • Symphonic Winds Spring Concert, Friday, June 21, 7:30-10 p.m., VPAC
  • De Anza Chamber Orchestra, Saturday, June 22, 7:30-10 p.m., VPAC
  • Music Department Student Recital, Sunday, June 23, 6-9 p.m., A11 (Choral Hall)
  • Spring Choral Showcase, Sunday, June 23, 4:30-6 p.m., VPAC

Disabilities and Differently-Abled Awareness Events Spring 2013

  • Cloud Technology for Everyone! Thursday, May 23 • 12:30-2:30 p.m. • Conference Room B • Presenters will include Charles Chen, Google architectural engineer; Nicole Torcolini, Google quality engineer; Mark Sherby, De Anza College instructor; and Deborah Armstrong, De Anza College alternative media specialist. They will discuss their work lives, cloud accessibility, and technologies that make all of our lives better.
  • Assisting Students with Psychiatric Disabilities Succeed in the Classroom: Friday, May 24 9 a.m.-1 p.m. • Location: MLC 260 • Presented by Kevin Glapion, executive head of Disability Support Services, this interactive workshop will focus on how to work with a student population often marginalized and negatively stereotyped. Instructional strategies and classroom and test-taking accommodations to support students with psychiatric disabilities will be explored. Participants will also explore how support persistence and manage challenging classroom situations. For more information on these events, contact Kevin Glapion at 408.864.8955 or

Stressed Out?
Health Services will present its “Stress Town” wellness event on Thursday, May 16, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Sunken Garden. Watch for more info at

Save the Date for Retirement Workshop
FA, CSEA and ACE are sponsoring a retirement workshop for district employees scheduled for Friday, May 17, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in Conference Rooms A&B. Details so far:

  • Registration 11:30 a.m.-noon
  • STRS/PERS 12-12:45 p.m.
  • Part-time Faculty Retirement 12-2 p.m.
  • Wellness with Foothill instructor Karl Knopf 1-1:30 p.m.
  • Social Security/Medicare 1:30-2:30
  • Retiree Health Benefits for pre-97 and post-97 hires with district benefits manager Chris Vo 2:45-3:45 p.m.
  • Retirement Options for Faculty with De Anza College instructor Lisa Markus 3:45-4:30 p.m.

Library Events for Spring 2013

  • Banned Book Display Check out the display on the Library’s first floor, Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 31.
  • Book Sale The Library is accepting donations for its 2013 Book Sale to be held June 3-13. Please: no magazines, encyclopedia sets, Reader’s Digest Condensed Books or moldy items. These don’t sell and are difficult to dispose of after the sale. Bring small donations (a bag or two) to the Library front desk during open hours. If you have a large donation, call Tracy Lam at 408.864.8439 to arrange for dropping off your books. The Library will provide a tax receipt if requested.

NFL Draft Picks Include Two Former De Anza Football Players
Congratulations to former Dons Will Davis (2010) and Ty Powell (2010). Davis, from Utah State, was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the third round, pick #93. Powell was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the seventh round, pick #231.

Sophomore Track and Field Student Wins Scholarships
Dominique Guinnane
of San Jose, who was recently named to the 2013 California Community College All-State Academic Team for Track and Field, will receive two-year academic and athletic scholarships to St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, where she will major in nursing. Guinnane is a two-time state qualifier in cross country, and as a freshman qualified in the 3000 steeplechase and 1500 in track and field. She will run Cross Country and Track and Field at St. Ambrose.

Women's Badminton Wins Coast Conference
Congratulations to Coach Mark Landefeld and the team for winning the Coast Conference Team Championship for the third time in the program's history, and the first Conference Championship for Women's Badminton since 2003. The Coast Conference Individual Championships will be held at De Anza on Friday, May 3, 5-7 p.m. and Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Main Gym.

Women's Softball Team Goes to Nor Cal Playoff
Congratulations to Coach Rachel Pacheco and the team for making it to the playoffs and finishing second place in the Coast Conference. De Anza will play at Sacramento City College on Saturday, May 4, 2 p.m. and Sunday, May 5 at noon.

Track and Field Teams Compete in Coast Conference Championships
The Women's Team finished second by 1 point to Hartnell. Individual Champions for the women were:

  • Melissa Chaidez in the 800
  • Terra Steadman in the discus
  • Erin Fisher in the 400 hurdles

Runners-up for the women were:

  • Elena Ornelas in the 100 hurdles
  • Dominique Guinnane in the 3000 steeplechase
  • Erin Fisher in the high jump and long jump

The Men's Team finished in 5th place. Runners-up were Luke Williams in the 200 and Marcus Cerrato in the 800.

Women's Tennis Captain Featured in Cupertino Patch
Jessie Gomulka, De Anza Women's Tennis Team captain, was interviewed for an article in the Cupertino Patch. The article talks about her love of the game that started with a flyer she found beneath the monkey bars in her hometown of San Bernadino. Read the whole story here.

Support Your De Anza Athletes!
Come out and enjoy these home games:

  • Badminton Coast Conference Finals: Friday, May 3, 5-7 p.m., Main Gym PE21
  • Badminton Coast Conference Finals: Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Main Gym PE21

For more information on Athletics games schedules see

La Voz Wins Journalism Awards
Journalism coordinator Cecilia Deck reports that De Anza journalism students received a number of awards at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges 2013 convention in Sacramento April 11-13.

  • Nathan Mitchell, news editor, won the Dr. Tom Pasqua Memorial Award and a cash prize for his essay about teaching news literacy in today’s digital age.
  • Wen Lee, former reporter, won second place in feature writing for his story “Zombies Attack De Anza: Arm Yourself! Prepare for Z-Day on Campus,” a serious look at classes students can take to improve preparedness.
  • Sara Gobets, former editor, won third place in feature writing for her story about Carl Clark, an African American World War II hero who finally received a Marine Medal of Commendation in 2012.
  • Gobets and Andrew Puckett, former editor, won second place in tabloid layout for a spread about the 2012 March in March.
  • Nareen Bagdasarian won fourth place for an editorial cartoon supporting Big Bird and PBS.
  • Michale Mannina, former editor, won first place in broadcast news writing and fourth place in copyediting at live contests during the convention.

Academic Senate Elections in May
Two positions are up for election in the Academic Senate: president (one-year term) and part-time representative (two-year term). Persons interested should send a candidate statement (up to 300 words) to by 6 p.m. Friday, May 1. Elections will be held May 14-15.

Classified Senate Elections – Step Up for Senate!
Please consider running for Classified Senate for 2013-14. We need Classified Professionals to run for all four executive offices: president, president-elect, secretary and treasurer, and open positions for senators. If you know someone from your area you think would make a good representative, please ask him or her to consider running. Nomination forms will be available on the Classified Senate website. NOTE: Elections have been rescheduled for Friday, May 24, during breakfast at the Classified Professionals Flex Day (see below).

Classified Professionals Flex Day--Save the Date!
Join colleagues from De Anza, Foothill and Central Services for a day of “Safety, Sanity and Synergy” on Friday, May 24, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at De Anza, breakfast and lunch included. Watch for a survey on May 6 to register for the retreat and sign up for individual workshops on topics such as the science of decoding body language, dealing with difficult people, brain games, self-defense, exercise, mental health, samba and Bollywood dancing, PGA and much more. For more information, contact Lois Jenkins at or 408.864.8948, or Virginia Marquez at or 408.864.8829.

Child Development Center Taking Applications for 2013-14
Child Development Center is now taking applications for free and low-cost child care for the children of Foothill-De Anza college students from ages18 months to 5 years old for the 2013-14 school year. Contact Linda Koyama at 408.864.8891 or to make inquiries about eligibility for this program. Also, the center offers child care to district faculty and staff as well as community members. District employees receive a 5% tuition discount.


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Last Updated: 5/15/13